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Celtics, Hornets Interested In Trading For Nikola Vucevic

Mar 4, 2021 11:37 AM

The Boston Celtics and Charlotte Hornets are among the teams with interest in trading for Nikola Vucevic of the Orlando Magic, sources tell The Athletic.

The Magic are not expected to trade Vucevic unless they're overwhelmed with an offer.

Vucevic is averaging 24.5 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists while shooting 41.8 percent from 3-point range.

Vucevic re-signed with the Magic on a four-year, $100 million contract in 2019.

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Tags: Nikola Vucevic, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics Targeting Jerami Grant On Trade Market

Mar 4, 2021 11:08 AM

The Boston Celtics have trade interest in Jerami Grant.

Grant is averaging 23.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists in a breakout season with the Detroit Pistons.

Grant signed a three-year, $60 million contract with the Pistons in the offseason.

The Celtics could build a trade package for Grant around their $28.5 million traded player exception.

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76ers, Heat, Warriors, Bucks, Celtics Interested In Nemanja Bjelica

Mar 4, 2021 11:06 AM

Nemanja Bjelica fell out of the Sacramento Kings' rotation but has since returned. Bjelica's future with the Kings, however, remains uncertain as there are a number of teams interested in trading for him.

The Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics have interest in Bjelica.

Bjelica is on an expiring contract.

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Tags: Nemanja Bjelica, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia Sixers, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Anthony Edwards, Jaylen Brown, Miles Bridges Declined Dunk Contest Invites

Mar 2, 2021 1:48 PM

The NBA received a number of rejections to their invites for players to participate in the 2021 Slam Dunk Contest.

Anthony Edwards, Jaylen Brown and Miles Bridges are among the players who rejected the league's overtures.

Zach LaVine, Aaron Gordon and Derrick Jones Jr. each previously stated they were not interested in participating. 

Zion Williamson has yet to announce his decision on participating the contest.

The league has received commitments from Anfernee Simons, Obi Toppin and Cassius Stanley. 

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Tags: Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Celtics Seeking Combo Forward Who Can Score

Mar 2, 2021 10:57 AM

Rival executives believe the Boston Celtics are seeking a player who can play either forward spot and also score, which is the kind of player they lost when Gordon Hayward left in free agency.

The Celtics have also had their upside tempered by the injuries to Kemba Walker as he hasn't played at an All-Star level.

"The injuries and everything else, I think, have worked against them, for sure," an Eastern Conference executive said, "and especially if Kemba is not Kemba."

"He can still provide value," a Western Conference executive said. "But is he worth $35 million? Is he worth that number? That's tough [to build around] if he isn't."

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Tags: Gordon Hayward, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rival Exec: Celtics Will Only Trade 'If They Think They're Going To Bury You'

Mar 2, 2021 10:54 AM

The Boston Celtics have not executed an in-season trade for six years when they acquired Isaiah Thomas from the Phoenix Suns. Only the San Antonio Spurs have a longer drought of not doing an in-season trade.

Boston had a run of trades sending out Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in which they clearly won the deal, which may have led them to only seek those level of wins in their discussions with other teams.

"They'll only do something," the West executive said, "if they think they're going to bury you."

The Celtics no longer have a deep queue of future draft picks, which limits their capacity to make a major move.

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Brad Stevens Says Kemba Walker 'Willed' Celtics To Win Over Pacers

Feb 27, 2021 1:43 PM

Brad Stevens credited Kemba Walker's leadership for the Boston Celtics' 118-112 win over the Indiana Pacers to snap a three-game losing streak.

Walker finished the game with 32 points and 6 assists.

"I don't think we win the game without his will. I think that no matter how everyone is playing, when that thing was 18-4, he was the loudest voice. He willed us back into that thing. And now, we're back on our footing, [and] we have a little bit of confidence, which has been shot this week," said Stevens afterwards.

Walker had come into the game shooting 37.5% from the field, the second-lowest of his career.

Walker added that it's up to the team's veterans to sort of their recent struggles.

"We'll figure it out. That's on me. That's on Jaylen. That's on Jayson. That's on Marcus [Smart]. And then Tristan [Thompson] and Jeff are gonna add on to that, as well. That's on the veteran guys, as well as Brad, too. We've got to keep it together. We can't let nobody go in any other direction. Even though things might not be going as well as we would like it at the moment, but things could change really fast, so the only way you can get out of struggles is by doing it together."

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Tags: Kemba Walker, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Danny Ainge Believes In His Players Despite 'Major Funk'

Feb 25, 2021 2:59 PM

Danny Ainge continues to back his star tandem of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown despite the team's continued struggles.

"I wish I had answers for you. I don't," Ainge said on 98.5 The Sports Hub on Thursday. "I do believe in my players. I like them all individually. I think they have good futures. I just think right now our team is in a major funk."

The Celtics have lost eight of 11 games overall.

"Here's what the biggest thing about Jaylen and Jayson is," Ainge said. "They've been shielded before because they've had other really good players, veterans around them as they developed -- and went to three out of four Eastern Conference [finals].

"Now it's on them. Now they're the stars. And they've got the big contracts. And they got the All-Star nods. So the microscope is on them."

Ainge is saying that the issues with the Celtics are on him more than his young stars or coach Brad Stevens.

"This is a me problem," Ainge said. "I'm saying that I love my two young guys, they're not perfect, and they're learning, and this adversity is part of their growth and development -- not intentionally, it's just the nature of the beast."

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Celtics Not Considering Replacing Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens

Feb 24, 2021 11:02 PM

The Boston Celtics are 15-17 and currently are tied with the New York Knicks and Miami Heat for the final two seeds in the Eastern Conference playoffs, but Wyc Grousbeck has gone on record to say the jobs of Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens are not in jeopardy. 

“I talk to Danny and Brad all the time, I feel very connected to those guys,” Grousbeck said.

Grousbeck touted the development of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum as things

"I'm the one who has to make the decision. I'm the one who has to live with the change. Either one of those guys would immediately be the top candidate for the job. It doesn't matter just about who else it out there. They're our guys and we're sticking with them. It was not even a question in my mind."

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Marcus Smart Unlikely To Return Before All-Star Break

Feb 21, 2021 3:23 PM

Marcus Smart is unlikely to return before the All-Star break, reported Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Smart was diagnosed with a grade 1 calf strain

This season's All-Star Game will take place on March 7th. 

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Tags: Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

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Danny Ainge Concedes Celtics Don't Currently Have Roster Capable Of Winning Championship

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Jayson Tatum On Aftereffects of COVID-19: 'You Get Fatigued A Lot Quicker Than Normal'

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Kemba Walker Says Celtics Aren't 'Playing Hard' Following Loss To Wizards

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Celtics Interested In Trading For Harrison Barnes

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Jaylen Brown Dealing With Tendonitis In Left Knee

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RealGM Radio: Jared Weiss On The Celtics And The East

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Nets, Sixers, Celtics Emerge As Potential Trade Destinations For JJ Redick

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Marcus Smart Out 2-3 Weeks With Grade 1 Calf Strain

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Marcus Smart To Undergo MRI On Left Calf Strain On Sunday

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NBA Reschedules Four Games, Pushes Back Start Times Of 16 Games

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Jayson Tatum To Return From COVID-19 On Monday

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Payton Pritchard MRI Reveals Grade 1 MCL Sprain, Out At Least Two Weeks

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Kemba Walker Set To Play 20 Minutes In Season Debut

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Danny Ainge: Price For James Harden Was Really High For Us

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NBA Postpones Celtics-Magic Scheduled For Wednesday

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Luka Doncic, Jayson Tatum Named NBA Players Of The Week

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Heat-Celtics Game Postponed As Heat Do Not Have Required Eight Players Available

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Celtics Likely To Only Have Eight Available Players For Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday Games

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Jayson Tatum Out 10-14 Days After Entering Quarantine

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Kemba Walker Cleared To Return To Practice

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